Orri Vigfusson is one of my heroes – a very successful Icelandic businessman from a fishing family who made it his mission to save the wild Atlantic salmon from extinction by purchasing and retiring all the commercial Atlantic salmon fishing licenses in the world. Charming but relentless, Orri visited fishers from Spain to Russia to Labrador to Connecticut, found...Read More
You spoke. We listened. You told us overwhelmingly that you preferred the photo that showed me talking with Mi’kmaw canoe builder Todd Labrador, beside the Wildcat River. But some of you found the people lost in the background. So we cropped it closer, clarified the text, and we’re using it as our thumbnail. Thank you! Here it is: Meanwhile, Warrior...Read More
There it is, in a nutshell. In every creative project, there’s a tension between creating the work and helping it find its audience. For months, we’ve been finishing the keystone pieces of the Green Rights multi-media project (www.GreenRights.com) – a feature-length film called Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World, and a book entitled Warrior...Read More
In 2012, the Green Interview team vowed to make a feature-length documentary about the human right to a healthy environment, and Mother Nature’s right to be respected and protected. It’s a right recognized in 180 of the 193 UN member countries — but not in North America. The film would tell inspiring stories about citizens and lawyers in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa who are using the courts to fight for clean air and water, healthy food, an end to the reckless abuse of the natural world, and environmental justice.
Done, my friends, done! In September 2016, the GreenRights film will be released — right here on TheGreenInterview.com!
And so will its companion book, Warrior Lawyers, whereRead More
Hello, friends! Time — well past time, in fact — for a biggish update. As you may know, the Green Interview team devoted the first nine months of this year largely to the GreenRights Maritimes project which ultimately became Defenders of the Dawn: Green Rights in the Maritimes, and was broadcast by CBC Atlantic on September 5. If you didn’t see it,...Read More
What do you do if an oil company wants to frack in your village, or an agri-corporation wants to set up a pig feedlot (or a salmon feedlot) next to your property? What legal right do you have to object? Almost none. And your community probably has no right to object either. If the state or the province approves, the corporation is entitled to proceed. Enter the...Read More
Buen Vivir, The Economy and the Rights of Nature Pablo Solón is the former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN and currently the Executive Director of Focus on the Global South, an organization based in Thailand. In this exclusive Green Interview,Solón discusses the inspiring concept of Buen Vivir, the need to overhaul our economic system, and the hope and vision that is...Read More
Tony Oposa was appalled. In 1990, Antonio Oposa, Jr. – “Attorney Oposa,” as he is now known throughout the Philippines – went walking in the mountains of Cebu, in what used to be the forest – and the forest was gone. Erased. Clearcut. On inquiry, Oposa learned that only 4% of the country’s original forest remained – 800,000...Read More
A landmark lawsuit launched by two members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation aims to establish that Canadians do have constitutional rights to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment. That’s the topic of a new Green Interview, just released. “We are not asking for money. What we’re asking for is cumulative effects be considered in...Read More
The basin of the Riachuelo river in Buenos Aires is home to nearly five million people, and it has been polluted for 500 years, ever since the Spanish first erected tanneries on its banks. Until 2004, nobody expected any change in that situation. As the new millennium began, the river’s surface was matted with debris, and the river was littered with 53...Read More
January 21, 8:00 PM Chris Beckett and I are in the air en route from Quito to Buenos Aires after a fantastic week in Ecuador. We spent our first three days at the Hacienda Pinsaqui in Otavalo, an hour’s drive from Quito. (Our companion on the drive from the airport was the celebrated aboriginal actor Tantoo Cardinal.) The Hacienda was an experience in itself...Read More
MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release – January 11, 2014 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada — Tomorrow, January 12, 2014, internationally respected author and environmentalist Silver Donald Cameron leaves for...Read More
Imagine if the Earth had rights. Imagine if you yourself had the right to clean air and water, the right to a healthy environment. You don’t, you know. In 177 countries around the world, people do have those rights. But Canadians don’t, and Americans don’t. Getting those rights into the North American legal system may be the most important single...Read More
All but 16 of the 193 states in the United Nations recognize the right to a healthy environment, says legal scholar Dr. David Boyd. Among the laggards: Canada and the United States. “It’s a truly extraordinary development for Canada and the United States to be the global renegades in terms of recognition of this most basic and fundamental...Read More